Season 3 has ended with the SkyBet Championship title and promotion to the Premier League. See the team posing for the now-traditional trophy-free photo.
I won the league at a canter, in the end. Top Player has proven quite tame for me. A 13-point margin of victory. And check my goals conceded column. I haven’t scored as many goals as I would have liked but the ones I have scored have been when it counted.I said it at the start and stand by it, even though I know other players are experiencing wildly different things: Top Player feels more like Professional+ this year to me.
We shall see how the Premier League treats me. I had a little taster of it when I met Liverpool in the FA Cup semi, and they were brilliant, exactly what I would want a top-rated top team to be. I only lost 1-0 but it could have been a hammering. The pace was extraordinary. I think I only created one chance, which of course I squandered.
I can’t wait to get my teeth into Superstar. I’ve already moved up, having played the last few meaningless matches of the season on it. A draw and a win. Both felt great.
I got quite a few players into the Team of the Season.Jarvis was the story of the latter half of the season. There was one six-game session in which he scored eight (8) goals, including an astounding first-half hat-trick vs Blackburn. It’s first up in the special Jarvis compilation:
Amazing. That scoring spurt shot Jarvis to the top of the top scorers’ list, where he remained until the end of the season, which quite rightly earned him a spot in the D2 Team of the Season.
Yes – a little peculiar to make top scorer with only 16 goals scored, but that’s Master League. It’s never shy to remind the player that he’s the only real person in its made-up world.
Jarvis only scored 1 goal in my last 7 fixtures, which proves – if proof were needed – that Master League is a massively session-based experience in which we are ‘managed’ based on the context. The game ‘knew’ I was romping to the title. I wasn’t allowed to score at all, with any player, for four matches in a row at one point.
PES2020 still isn’t really a PES of great and memorable goals for me – not as spectacles and things-in-themselves. I don’t think I’ve got to the end of Season 3 without scoring even 1 laces long-ranger in any PES before this one. And believe me I try them. PES2020’s goals are all about context-and-character (cf. Jarvis).
This goal was the best of my recent sessions and one of the best of PES2020 so far for me – another Castledine R2 curler from long range. What do I keep saying about that lucky brown kit? Great things happen in it.
And that’s me headed for the Premier. It took 3 seasons this year, on Top Player for almost all of it. How will the Premier treat me on Superstar? I’m soon going to find out.